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The “Must Visit” List
See the Big 7
Visit Addo Elephant National Park and see the Big 7. Spot a lion, see the elephant herds congregate at Hapoor Dam, go on a game drive in search of the elusive leopard, try a unique vantage point and book the Addo horse trail to view the rhino and buffalo in the veld and then add the remaining two sightings to this list by going on a marine eco tour and spotting the Southern Right Whale and Great White Shark.
Stand at the Southernmost tip of Africa
Agulhas National Park- Stand at the southernmost tip of Africa, where two oceans, the Indian and Atlantic, meet in a tumultuous crash of waves. Take a picture at the monument that marks this unique point. Discover the legendary ‘Cape of Storms’. Explore the historic Cape Agulhas lighthouse. Marvel at the shipwrecks that dot this rugged, beautiful coastline. Curl up in front of a cosy fire with the sound of the crashing waves in the background.
Stand at the edge of the Valley of Desolation
Camdeboo National Park- The Valley of Desolation, also called the Cathedral of the Mountains, is a declared national monument.The viewpoint provide a breathtaking view of piled dolerite columns against the backdrop of the Great Karoo plains and a timeless sense of wonder at a landscape said to be the product of the erosive and volcanic forces of nature over a period of 200 million years.
Do the Otter Trail
Garden Route National Park- A must for any hiker.The world-famous five-day, four-night hike that traverses rugged coastline, indigenous forests, includes an adrenaline-filled Bloukrans River crossing, crystal clear streams and waterfalls, provides a physical challenge that leaves you breathless at the scenic beauty. The trail starts near Storms River in the east and ends about 42 kilometres later at Nature’s Valley. Hikers need to be self-sufficient, carrying their own gear.
Discover an ancient African kingdom
Mapungubwe National Park & World Heritage Site- Discover an ancient African Kingdom, Southern Africa’s first, established at Mapungubwe Hill between 1200 and 1290 AD. Home to a powerful tribe that flourished on trading with Eastern cultures such as China and India, Mapungubwe saw the rise and fall of this great civilisation more than 700 years ago. This is the place where archaeologists excavated the famous golden rhino and other evidence of a wealthy African kingdom.
Track a cheetah
Mountain Zebra National Park- Game viewing as never before. An opportunity to track the elusive Mountain Zebra National Park cheetahs on foot. Drive out with your guide to search for them. When signal from a collared cheetah is found, you will have the opportunity to get closer on foot. An unforgettable experience that will bring you up closer to nature than ever before.
Go on an Wilderness Trail
Kruger National Park- Stay in a rustic camp and experience the African bush on foot, immersing you in the wilderness and bringing you as close to nature as you can get. +That is what is on offer for our more adventurous tourist when they go on a wilderness trail – remoteness, tranquillity, peace and seclusion. We take you on a journey where you not only discover the wildlife, birds, flora and beautiful landscapes, but also yourself.
The Trails: Bushman Trail (Berg-en-Dal), Mathikithi Trail (Satara), Napi Trail (Pretoriuskop), Nyalaland Trail (Punda Maria), Olifants Trail (Letaba), Sweni Trail (Satara), Wolhuter Trail (Berg-en-Dal)
Picnic in the Namaqua flowers
Namaqua National Park- An unforgettable experience – a picnic in a field of Namaqualand daisies and other spring flowers that pulse with sheer energy and joy. During early August and September, seemingly overnight, the dusty valleys of Namaqualand are transformed into a wonderland, carpeted with wildflowers, a sight that one never forgets. Namaqualand is home to the richest bulb flora of any arid region in the world and more than 1 000 of its estimated 3 500 plant species are found nowhere else on earth.
Spot a black-maned lion
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park- See the majestic black-maned lions in the Kalahari desert.Visiting the KGalagadi Transfrontier Park, where red dunes fade into infinity and herds of gemsbok, springbok and eland follow the seasons, is an experience on its own, but seeing the definitive large black-maned lions, makes it an unforgettable one. The dunes, sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob show antelope and predator species off to spectacular advantage.
Swim with penguins
Table Mountain National Park- Boulders Penguin Colony in Simons Town is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. This colony is one of only a few in the world, and the site has become famous and a popular international tourist destination. The Boulders section of Table Mountain National Park consists of three pristine beaches that one shares with these amazing creatures, one penguin viewing area and three boardwalks. This beach is ideal for children as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents, wind and large waves.
Go See The BIG 5-
Selected Parks: Addo Elephant National Park- Kruger National Park- Marakele National Park
There’s no need for you to set-up your own tent. You don’t have to sleep on the ground. Be comfortable under a duvet, rather than rolling around in a sleeping bag. Offering you all the comforts and conveniences to ensure that you can sit back, relax and get in touch with nature.
Camdeboo National Park
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Kruger National Park
Mapugubwe National Park
Marakele National Park
Namaqua National Park
Table Mountain National Park
Take me to the mountains and #LiveYourWild at Golden Gate Highlands National Park
A true hiker’s paradise with its high altitude, rugged terrain, breathtaking views and chance to experience the mountains. Or simply explore the vibrant town of Clarens.
Go hiking- The Park boasts numerous hiking trails traversing mountain tops, breathtaking caves, deep valleys and lush grasslands; affording you breathtaking views and a chance to connect with nature.
Go horse riding- Have an adventure and experience the Park’s beautiful mountain scenery from a unique vantage point, on horse back. Depart from the Gladstone stables on a one or two hour guided trail over mountain streams, rocky ravines and golden fields.
Visit the vulture restaurant- The Vulture’s Restaurant is a vulture hide where bird watchers are treated to an exclusive view of the area’s vultures feasting on carrion.
Tour Basotho Cultural Village- A tour of the Basotho Cultural Village will transport you back in time and take you on an incredible journey where you step into the roll of visitor, welcomed by a chief. Join him in drinking traditional beer while his wives will offer you the fruits of their labour and a traditional healer offers you insight into African spirituality.
Visit ClarensClarens, situated approximately 20 minutes from the Golden Gate Hotel, is a picturesque little town that offers a wonderful selection of restaurants, pubs, art galleries and activities.
Discover your heritage at Mapungubwe National Park & World Heritage
Immerse yourself in African heritage and discover the mysteries of an ancient kingdom when you learn of civilizations long gone but never forgotten.
Visit the Interpretation Centre and tour the museumHome to the famous Golden Rhino, the Interpretation Centre is built near the main gate of the Mapungubwe National Park and won the building of the year competition in 2009. The Centre provides both day- and overnight visitors the opportunity of a tour, showcasing the amazing landscape that the National Park has to offer.
Go on a heritage tourYou will be given the opportunity to visit the seat of the royal family of an ancient African kingdom at the top of Mapungubwe Hill, view a natural amphitheatre and the entire spectrum of the region, traverse the territory once walked upon by the ancestral Mapungubwe People – now roamed by four of the Big 5.
Take a game driveExplore the Park from the comfort of your vehicle and search for four of the Big 5 against a backdrop of rocky hills and giant baobabs. Alternatively book a sunset- or night drive and experience the bushveld as it comes alive when the sun goes down.
Walk in the tree topsTake a walk among the riverine forest on a raised canopy walk that takes you to a hide over-looking the mighty Limpopo River.
Numerous wooden decks offer you the perfect vantage point from which to view the confluence of the legendary Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, where three countries – South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe – meet.
Adventure in Augrabies
Experience the thrill and adventure that awaits when you #LiveYourWild at Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park in the Northen Cape, famous for its thundering waterfall, has become the unlikely destination for your next awesome adventure. Here’s a few reasons why:
Take your best selfie at the Augrabies Waterfall
Take a selfie against the breath-taking backdrop of the Augrabies Waterfall. The waterfall is within walking distance of the Augrabies Rest Camp. A boardwalk with numerous viewpoints offers easy access and ensures that you’ll be able to get the perfect picture.
Experience the thrill of river rafting
Paddle through the rushing water, bounce over rapids and take in the sights from a rubber raft as you make your way down a pristine 9km stretch of the Orange River, finishing 300m above the main falls.
Get hooked on an exclusive fly-fishing experience
Immerse yourself (literally) in the Orange River for a fly-fishing adventure where you’ll go in search of a Yellow fish at the end of your line. This is a personal experience where you’ll find yourself in an unspoilt landscape.
Hike the Dassie Trail
This 5km self-guided hiking trail leads you on a circular route starting at the Rest Camp, following along the gorge to Arrow Point, then heading out into the veld by the Potholes and Moonrock before heading back to the Rest Camp.
Explore the Park via 4×4 on the Wilderness Road
The Wilderness Road is 94km long and will take approximately 6 hours to complete in a 4×4 vehicle. There is a scenic picnic spot halfway along the road with ablution and braai facilities.
Go on a night drive
A guide will accompany you on an open game vehicle to experience the secretive and somewhat mystical world of the nocturnal animals of the Park.
Fun for the whole family in Bontebok
Mountain views and sprawling nature is the backdrop to your family fun. #LiveYourWild at Bontebok National Park
Bontebok National Park, situated approximately two hours from Cape Town, has all the makings of a fun-filled family vacation or quick weekend break. Here are a few reasons why:
Swimming and canoeing in the Breede River
Take a dive or paddle in the Breede River which can be accessed from either the Rest Camp area or at Die Stroom.
Take the trail
Take the kids away from the iPads, leave technology behind and connect with what truly matters – time with each other and nature. There are three nature trails that start and end in the Rest Camp area.
See the Park from a mountain bike
The Park offers numerous trails where mountain bikers can hit the dirt, as animals do not pose a safety threat in this Park. Alternatively cycle along the tourist roads.
Explore the historic town of Swellendam
Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, lies just 5km away from the Park. This picturesque town offers plenty of attractions including a host of National Monuments, galleries and numerous eateries and pubs.
Picnic on the banks of the Breede River
Whether you’re staying the night visiting for the day – enjoy some time out on the banks of the Breede River with friends and family and use the designated braai and picnic areas. Full ablution facilities are available at these sites.
Go on a game drive
Bontebok National Park was originally established to conserve species – Its namesake, the Bontebok. Go game viewing in search of these beautiful creatures from your own vehicle along a circular route which includes three viewpoints with stunning views of the Breede River, the Old Racecourse and surrounding countryside.
Take a bush break to Marakele
Go on a Game Drive
Plentiful African wildlife can be found in Marakele National Park, and visitors can expect to see magnificent creatures such as elephant, black- and white rhino. Predators such as brown hyena, leopard as well as lion can also be spotted. Guided game drives are available and are undertaken in an open safari vehicle with a driver/guide who has extensive experience and intimate knowledge of the area and is an expert on the game movement and other ecological aspects of the region. Game drives usually depart in the early morning and late afternoon, when it is cooler for the game to hunt and graze, so there is better chance of encountering abundant wildlife.
Experience Interpretive Bush Walks
Our professionally trained field guides cater for guests’ preferences and fitness levels to create an outstanding wilderness walking experience.
Visit a Birding Haven
Marakele National Park is a birding haven, where visitors can see numerous bird species. Perhaps the biggest attraction is the largest colony of Cape Vultures in the world (around 800 pairs) so dont forget your binoculars.
Explore the 4×4 Eco Trail
Explore and experience the Waterberg Mountain’s rugged terrain. The 4×4 Eco Trail is a three-day outdoor adventure traversing the wilderness.
Get Your Boots Dirty
10 hiking trails on which to go get your boots dirty
Hiking offers a person the opportunity to be fully immersed in nature. To go off the beaten track and experience the parks from a different vantage point. Nature walks, day hikes, overnight trails… our parks offer hiking opportunities that will fit everyone’s needs, fitness level and preference.
1. Alexandria Hiking Trail – Addo Elephant National Park
The Alexandria Hiking Trail is a 32 km, two-day circular trail. The first day is 18.5 km and the second day, 13.5 km. The Woody Cape Guesthouse is situated at the trail base, providing accommodation for the beginning and/or end of the hike. The guesthouse is ideally located of the edge of the Alexandria Forest, close to the Woody Cape offices/reception.
2. Rasperpunt Hiking Trail – Agulhas National Park
A 5,5km circular hiking trail, with its start/end at the Meisho Maru shipwreck. Experience the coastline, coastal fynbos, ancient fish traps, fresh water fountains for the first half of the walk. Turn inland, cross the gravel road and work your way up the ridge with magnificent views of the Rasperpunt rock formations and the coastline.
3. Klipspringer Hiking Trail – Augrabies Falls National Park
There is no better way to truly experience the geology, animal and plant life of the Augrabies Falls National Park than hiking through the heartland of the park itself. The Klipspringer Hiking Trail spans over three days and is 35,8km long. This self-guided trail operates from 1 April to 14 October
4. Otter Trail – Garden Route National Park
A definite item for any hiker’s bucket list. The world famous Otter trail spans five days, four nights and approximately 45km that traverses rugged coastline, indigenous forests, sandy beaches, crystal clear streams and rivers. The trail provides a physical challenge that will leave you breathless at more than the scenic beauty of the area.
5. Dolphin Trail – Garden Route National Park
A unique guided, luxury hiking experience over four days on a spectacular trail on the Tsitsikamma coast, where your luggage is portaged and you spend each evening in comfort of three different 4 & 5-star luxury accommodation. The result of this is a hiking experience that will both challenge and pamper you. It covers a distance of 17km.
6. Ribbok Hiking Trail – Golden Gate Highlands National Park
This two day, one night, 28km trail offers amazing views of sandstone cliff formations, crystal clear streams and mountain landscapes. Black wildebeest, blesbok, burchell’s zebra, eland, red hartebeest and springbok are often seen, as well as the rare bearded vulture, bald ibis and black eagle.
7. Wilderness Trails – Kruger National Park
Stay in a rustic, primitive camp and experiencing the African bush on foot as you are immersed in the wilderness. That is what is on offer for the more adventurous tourist – wildness, remoteness, tranquillity, peace and the quiet of the bushveld. There are various wilderness trails to choose from, spread throughout the Park. Each trail spans over three nights with the two days inbetween spent walking.
8. Cape of Good Hope Trail – Table Mountain National Park
The two-day, one-night Cape of Good Hope Hiking Trail follows a circular route of 33.8km. It begins and ends at the entrance gate of the Cape of Good Hope, where secure overnight parking is provided. This hike offers hikers fragrant fynbos trails, secluded beaches and overnight accommodation at Rooikrans in one of three cottages, each of which sleeps six.
9. Eve’s Trail – West Coast National Park
Eve’s Trail is a 2.5 day, 30km guided trail, traversing the ancient steps of “Eve” – a young woman who lived in this area 117 000 years ago. Eve’s footprint was discovered in rock (formerly sea sand) at Kraalbaai in 1995. The trail is fully guided, catered and portered.
10. Vensterval Trail – |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
For the brave, the four-day Vensterval Trail that starts at Hakiesdoring Trail Camp explores vast quartzite gorges, masses of botterboom, the crags of the Tswaies mountains and the fountains of Armanshoek.
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Adventure Activities (River Rafting, Bungee, Mountain Biking, etc)
Guided Game Drives (Night and Day) and Guided Walks
Hikes, Walks and Trails
Kruger National Park Trails
Mountain Bike Trails
Restaurants & Cafeterias
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